Steamer Clam (Mya arenaria) Restoration Efforts in Two Coastal Ponds in Oak Bluffs, MA (
David W. Grunden,
This project began in 2001 when the Town of
The first year only 200K steamer seed was grown in the upweller and broadcast seeded at 12-15mm. In subsequent years we have grown a minimum of 600K Mya arenaria annually. Additionally sand filled nursery rafts were constructed to achieve a larger sized clam before being seeded into public beds. The seed size range, when broadcasted after growing in the nursery rafts until the fall, has been 22.4 – 38.2 mm.
The fishing effort has been monitored by the Shellfish Department and we have seen an increase in the steamer clam landings within the Town from 78 bushels in 2001 to 249.5 bushels in 2007.